I have strong connections with Japan and Japanese culture. I’ve visited the country, I have Japanese friends, and I’ve written in a wide variety of Japanese forms. I live near the Torness nuclear power station, well within what would be an exclusion zone in the event of an accident there.
Having led many renga events in the past, I thought it would be worthwhile to try to construct on online net of poems reflecting people’s feelings about the triple disaster which has affected Japan. Readers are asked to send me short poems by way of comments, and I’ll put them together. While the renga form alternates two- and three-line verses, I don’t want to follow that rigorously, but please restrict yourselves to short verses.
black wave surges in
pushes over houses, cars
sucks lives out to sea